Record cold temperatures at O'Hare, for two days in a row

  • "We walk along here, rain, shine, hot or cold, every day," Candy Tumidalsky of West Chicago said Tuesday as she walks her sister's dog Bo along the Batavia Riverwalk.

      "We walk along here, rain, shine, hot or cold, every day," Candy Tumidalsky of West Chicago said Tuesday as she walks her sister's dog Bo along the Batavia Riverwalk. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • An unidentified man tries to stay warm as he walks in downtown Elgin Tuesday as temperatures dropped to record lows.

      An unidentified man tries to stay warm as he walks in downtown Elgin Tuesday as temperatures dropped to record lows. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Charley Mitas enjoys a lunch hour walk in 18-degree weather at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine on Tuesday.

      Charley Mitas enjoys a lunch hour walk in 18-degree weather at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine on Tuesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/12/2019 5:24 PM

In a fall that already brought snow on Halloween, Veterans Day set records for bitter cold -- as did the morning after.

Late Monday, just before midnight, the temperature at O'Hare International Airport fell to 13 degrees, the lowest temperature ever recorded on a Nov. 11, according to Edward Fenelon of the National Weather Service center in Romeoville.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The previous low for Nov. 11 was 15 degrees, recorded in 1950, Fenelon said. That's so long ago it predates Veterans Day, which replaced the World War I-inspired Armistice Day in 1954.

Tuesday, meanwhile, was also one for the record books. The mercury dipped to 7 degrees at O'Hare Tuesday morning, a full 2 degrees lower than the previous record for Nov. 12, which was set in 1982, according to Fenelon.

"This is an air mass that's more typical for the middle of January than mid-November," National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Birk said in Chicago. "It is pretty much about the coldest we can be this time of year, (and) it could break records all over the region."

According to AccuWeather, suburbanites had it worse than residents of Juneau, Alaska, who enjoyed highs of 41 degrees Tuesday. And those dwelling in Novosibirsk, the unofficial capital of Siberia, had a high of 21.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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